SRK says sense of hu­mour is di­lut­ing in Bollywood

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Ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan agrees when his long­time friend, film­maker Karan Jo­har says that celeb guests on the on­go­ing fifth sea­son of his pop­u­lar TV chat show, Kof­fee With Karan, are “wary” of open­ing up. On Wed­nes­day, KJo was re­ported as say­ing: “Celebs are speak­ing less be­cause they’re so aware that there is some ‘.com’ sit­ting on their heads, lit­er­ally up­load­ing and hang­ing on to ev­ery word they say.” The 44-year-old be­lieves, “Not ev­ery word should be whacked or over-an­a­lysed… I don’t think any­one sit­ting on the couch means to of­fend any­one.”

Shah Rukh — who made his sev­enth ap­pear­ance on the show, last month — won­ders where the sense of hu­mour has gone; says maybe that’s why the show isn’t as “free fly­ing” as it was when it started in 2004. But it’s not like he isn’t fond of the show any­more. “It’s (still) bril­liant... (But) Now, it’s a lit­tle held back,” says the 51-year-old.

Pre­vi­ous sea­sons of the show have seen stars spilling the beans on their love life, and ad­dress­ing ru­mours and con­tro­ver­sies in Bollywood.

“At this point, there’s no dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing one me­dia from an­other. You say a word — it can be re­ported in any way,” says Shah Rukh, who longs for things to be dif­fer­ent. “I wish we had times when we could just have fun. The sense of hu­mour is di­lut­ing.”

The ac­tor, how­ever, adds that KJo han­dles sit­u­a­tions well. “He is aware that he, too, has to hold back. Even if you re­ally screw up, he’d say this is some­thing he’s not go­ing to use on TV. He doesn’t do it for en­tice­ment or vul­gar dis­play of TRPs. He does it with dig­nity. It may not come across like that be­cause we’re hav­ing fun but there’s an un­der­stand­ing among ev­ery­one.”

SRK also cred­its Karan for the show’s pop­u­lar­ity. “He’s won­der­ful. He loves ev­ery­one who comes on his show and ev­ery­body loves him back. That com­fort makes the show beau­ti­ful. Even if held back, it’s one of the most open shows be­cause ev­ery­body loves each other,” he says.

You say a word — it can be re­ported in any way. So, ev­ery­body is wary... Peo­ple take them­selves too se­ri­ously. I wish we could just have fun SHAH RUKH KHAN, AC­TOR

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAX­ENA/HT

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